BLUFFTON — Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, will present “Living Well. Living My IDEAL Life” at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Yoder Recital Hall. The denominational leader and cultural competency advocate will offer practical tips on how to live your best life while navigating today’s culture and responding to the divine call.
The “Our Mission” sermon series concludes this week based on the College First Church of God mission statement steps: Love. Equip. Send. Lead. The Rev. Brandon Kelly will speak at all three worship services with the sermon “Send: The Great Commission,” based on Matthew 28:16-20. Traditional/blended worship is at 9 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, 1100 N. Main St., and the contemporary service starts at 10 a.m. in the Winebrenner auditorium, 950 N. Main St. College First is a central dropoff location for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Shoebox collection. Packed shoeboxes may be dropped off in the lobby from 9 a.m. to noon today; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Youth in grades six to 12 are invited to gather at 5:30 p.m. Sunday for dinner and a group discussion on how the word affects us today. The church will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the office will be closed on Friday.
Christ the King Day will be celebrated at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St. A coffee and cookie fellowship will be held in the church lounge after each service. The handbell choir will perform “Crown Him with Many Crowns” at the late service, and a congregational meeting will follow this service. The church will host a community Thanksgiving Eve worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, featuring a combined choir of members from First Lutheran, St. John Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will celebrate Christ the King Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Jessie Commeret will preach based on the readings of 2 Kings 22:1-10 and 23:1-3. An Advent gingerbread celebration and potluck begins at 10:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Participants should bring soup, salad or sandwiches to share.
First Presbyterian, Fostoria
FOSTORIA — First Presbyterian and Trinity United Brethren churches of Fostoria will join together to celebrate Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian, 201 W. Fremont St. The choirs of both congregations will sing, and the offering will benefit Fostoria Sharing Kitchen.
Howard United Methodist Church, 220 Cherry St., will host a Christmas craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30. The day will feature vendors, crafters, baked goods and lunch, and proceeds will fund church outreach. The church is handicap accessible with an elevator at the north side. Howard will join a Thanksgiving service with other churches at 7 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepard United Methodist Church in Benton Ridge.
Pleasant View UM
BLUFFTON — Rawson New Hope, Mount Cory and Pleasant View United Methodist churches will host a combined Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 300 Township Road 37, Bluffton. The service will include hymns, Scriptures and special music by a combined choir under the direction of Nancy Thomas. The service will be led by the Rev. Ben Lowell and the Rev. Mark Fuerstenau.
St. Andrew’s UM
St. Andrew’s Untied Methodist Church will conclude the sermon series “Grateful,” focusing on Psalm 65 and Matthew 6:25-34, on Sunday. The Jubilation choir will offer “A Tapestry of Thanksgiving” during the 9 a.m. service. The Celebration Praise Band will lead worship at 11:15. Listen to WFIN at 9 a.m., or watch the livestream of both services at www.saumcfindlay.org or on the church Facebook page.
St. James UM
NORTH BALTIMORE — A Thanksgiving worship celebration for the North Baltimore community will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. James United Methodist Church, 201 S. Second St., North Baltimore. A freewill offering to benefit the local food pantry will be received.
St. Luke’s Lutheran
NORTH BALTIMORE — A free church and community dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Second St., North Baltimore.
Christ the King Sunday will be celebrated at 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave. The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America groups, as part of the Thankoffering tradition, will lead worship with the Rev. William Stenke. This tradition has long been a way for the women of the church to support various ministries of the church. Special Blend Ladies’ Choir will sing “Create in Me a Clean Heart.” A “Thank You” lunch will conclude the “Growing in Faith Together” stewardship series after Sunday’s service. The church will participate in a tri-church Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church.
Trinity Lutheran, Jenera
JENERA — A special Thanksgiving Day service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. The theme of the service is “Give Thanks to God” and the Rev. Matt Nowak will present the sermon “Be a Good Receiver,” based on 1 Timothy 4:4-5. The choir will sing “We Thank You, Lord” and “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing.” The church will be decorated with harvest items and is handicap accessible.
FOSTORIA — A special Advent family service will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday in the Family Life Center at West Independence Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria. The community is invited to come kick off the Advent season with a short message and the movie “The Star.” Each family will receive a free Advent calendar, and there will be a drawing for other Christmas goodies. Nonperishable canned food items will be collected for the Angel Tree ministry. The church will host its annual Trashketball tournament for junior and senior high students from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Ann Cramer will be the guest musician for Sunday’s 9 a.m. worship service. The sermon topic will be “Be Thankful,” based on Colossians 3.